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B&O Train Dispatcher (editor's title)

Train dispatcher with CTC board
Carl Donald (1907-1975) works at a centralized traffic control (CTC) board at Deshler, Ohio. He directs trains on the 71 miles of single and double track between Toledo and Lima, 58 miles of it by CTC. Deshler is at the junction of the B&O's Toledo and Chicago Divisions. At his time, all trains on the Toledo Division were steam powered, including the streamlined Cincinnatian. For freight, the railroad operated through and local trains plus coal northbound and iron ore southbound. Donald, promoted to train dispatcher in 1942, retired in February 1972 after 43 years in railroad service.
Source Wallace W. Abbey Collection
Coverage Spatial, Deshler, Ohio; Temporal, September 22, 1952
Rights Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Date Created 1952-09-22
Resource Type
Depicted Railroad
Location Deshler, Ohio
Creator Description Wallace W. “Wally” Abbey's interest in photographing railroads started at Cherryvale, Kansas, where he visited his grandparents during World War II. He kept his camera with him as a journalism student at the University of Kansas, associate editor at Trains, and through a succession of progressively more responsible jobs in the railroad industry. This resulted in the award for lifetime achievement in photography from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 2003. A multi-talented person, he also is known for originating the Soo Line’s red-and-light-grey color scheme of 1962.
Collection Abbey Collection: preservation supported by Trains Magazine
Image ID 00250
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